An attorney’s powers under insurance policies: Who can really change a beneficiary designation?

To what extent can an appointed attorney act under an insurance policy and change a beneficiary designation? In the case of Re Hanson Estate, the question before the court was whether the owner of a life insurance policy who had the requisite mental capabilities but was physically disabled had the ability to validly instruct their … Continued

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When is a Will a Mutual Will?

Many couples, as part of their estate planning, contemplate executing mutual wills. For wills to be considered “mutual”, the provisions contained in the wills must be identical to each other, such that each party receives an identical interest from the other or that the remainder of the estate is disposed of in an identical manner[i]. … Continued

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